Monday, July 30, 2007

I Went Down to the Crossroads....

....fell down on my knees!!
(For the end of the night, we were curtsying to the musicians!)

Wow! What a great weekend we had. We went to the Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Bridgeview, Illinois. What a day! The lineup was fantastic, we could not have asked for more. I am going to cut to the chase and put up some photos. No explanation is needed....we had a great day, and we even managed to dance off most of the hot-dogs and beer that we ate, too.

I bought a new camera, a Canon Powershot SD1000 Elph. This little guy was the best investment for this trip. We needed something small, and I didn't even realize that it could record, too. BONUS! I will post the minute long blurb from "Dear Mr. Fantasy" via Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray and Willie Weeks. YEEEEEEE!!!

Look at all the people! They came from everywhere! We saw license plates from all over the country.

Toyota Park was a neat venue. Everything was outside, the entire stadium. It was very intimate, but also allowed for you to move around and get some "fresh" air. This was a perfect choice for this concert!

Our MC was Bill Murray. Hilarious!

Alison Krauss and Union Station

Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss and Union Station

John Mayer: Wow, I am in love.

Jeff Beck: One of Curtis' favorites

Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall and Robert Cray:

Steve Winwood (and Eric! AND ERIC!!!) singing a favorite of mine: Presence of the Lord

Look at that sky!

Some of my favorite highlights:

--Alison Krauss coming out at just the right time to get everyone dancing. She came out about 3pm. Perfect. Timing.
--John Mayer singing "Waiting on the World To Change" while the entire crowd sang along
--Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow all on stage together....Wow.
--BB King singing "Rock Me, Baby" of my favorite songs. Ever.
--Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are a powerhouse together. Go see them if they are touring in your area. Some of the best guitar of the evening came from these two.
--Robert Randolph: This guy rocks his keyboard, sitting down, old-school blues style. With his knees hitting the keyboard. These guys can JAM!! (can't wait to see them on Thursday at the Frederick Meijer Gardens!)
--Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton on stage together. We started to weep (no lie) when they were singing "Dear Mr. Fantasy". This was the best moment of the entire evening. Hands down. Video to come.
--Buddy Guy...nuff' said. What an honor to be in his presence. I was shaking so badly I couldn't get a single good picture of the guy!

We have seen so much amazing music in the last year. The Who---twice, Eric Clapton (solo with Derek Trucks Band this past fall), The Police, Robert Randolph and the Family Band (we are seeing him AGAIN this Thursday)....after the lineup we just saw, I think I am set for awhile!


Amy Carroll said...

Emily - Wow! What a weekend!!!!

Leigh said...

Sounds amazing!! You're going to the Thursday show? Matt and I were still debating whether to go or not... After you're review, we may HAVE too. ;)

AmyinMotown said...

We went to see Buddy Guy, BB King, and John Hiatt several years ago at Pine Knob. We loved John Hiatt already, and BB King is, you know, BB King, but we weren't sure about Buddy Guy. OH MY GOD he was amazing--best part of the show, hands down. We are fans forever. He was also on a kid's show on Noggin we love called Jack's Big Music Show, playing the King of Swing.

If you're ever in this neck of the woods, go to a little divey bar in Hamtramck called The Attic. Great blues and a great atmosphere. I haven't been for quite some time (since I quit smoking!) but I miss it.